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Pirates Promote Alvarez

The Pirates have promoted Pedro Alvarez, Colin Dunlap reports, and he should join the team Wednesday. As I mentioned in the Bucs Dugout post yesterday, Alvarez isn’t a complete player yet—he still strikes out too much, and he probably won’t hit for a high average, at least not at first, but it will be exciting to see him begin to deliver on his amazing power potential. Andy LaRoche will almost certainly see less playing time as a result of Alvarez’s arrival.

Alvarez is the latest in a string of young players arriving from Indianapolis--Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln joined the team just a few days ago, and Neil Walker came only a few days before that.

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